Good evening, welcome to another edition of the Midweek News & Notes. The summer has been a crazy time for all of us at the blog, especially me. I've just completed a move back to B1G country after living in Phoenix, Arizona, for the last several years. I unluckily landed there after the Buckeyes Fiesta Bowl run, meaning I was stuck watching the TCU's and Boise State's of the world play in the desert. Thankfully, I've returned to my homeland to see the silver bullets in person regularly.
Interestingly enough, the summer has provided more action that usual for Ohio State, too. While the recruiting trail has been a little cold over the past couple of months, that hasn't meant that Urban and company have been sitting on their hands. Let's take a look at the latest...
Attacking the Classroom
Urban Meyer is already showing he is getting it done off the field, besides on the field. The football team boasted a 2.88 combined GPA, the highest it had been in the last 10 quarters. To make things even better, the current players on the roster had a combined 2.95 GPA. The last time the GPA was that high going into fall camp was back in 2007.
Buckeyes in Paul Brown Stadium?
Ohio Stadium will be undergoing some renovations next year that includes stripping and replacing 1922-era coating and concrete off portions of A and C decks. These renovations were expected, as they were not included in what occurred from 1998-2001. With this taking place, the athletic department is looking for a new home for the LiFE Sports Spring Game. One possibility appears to be 65,535-seat Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Gene Smith provided the following statement:
Maybe the best news all week was the victory for the university grabbed over ESPN. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ohio State in the lawsuit that was brought forth by the World Wide Leader in Sports. They were attempting to uncover more details in the "TatGate" scandal surrounding the NCAA investigation. When the university refused to make certain records (emails) public pertaining to Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor, ESPN sued them claiming they were in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. Fortunately for OSU, the court sided with them citing the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The university released this statement:
Oh and by the way, please don't click that link above.